World No.1 Iga Świątek has hit back at Amélie Mauresmo after the French legend’s “disappointing” comments about women’s tennis.
Świątek shook the first nerves for extend his winning steak to a staggering 33 games beating American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2 to book a place in the French Open semi-finals.
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However, the 21-year-old was forced to defend the appeal of women’s football after Mauresmo’s comments.
The former world no. of attraction”.
Speaking at the traditional week two press conference to recap the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, Mauresmo said she was trying daily to find a female pair that had star power or a worthy match. highlighted in the separate session which begins at 8:45 p.m. local time on Court Philippe Chatrier.
“I admit it was difficult,” Mauresmo said.
“In this era that we find ourselves in right now, I don’t think – and as a woman, a former women’s player, I don’t feel wrong or unfair to say this, right now – you have more… of attraction.
“That’s the general (reason) for the men’s matches.”
She added: “My goal was, when I was doing the planning every day, to try to see, from the first round, when the draw came out… ‘what game in the women’s draw can I put in it. ?’ frankly.”
Swiatek admitted she found the comments “a bit disappointing and surprising”.
“It’s a bit of each person’s personal opinion whether they like men’s tennis more or women’s tennis or whether they like them equally, but I think women’s tennis has a lot of advantages,” the champion said. Roland Garros 2020.
“And some may say it’s unpredictable and the girls aren’t consistent. But on the other hand, it can also be something really attractive and it can really attract more people.
Backlash on Amelie Mauresmo’s comments
Swiatek’s defeated quarter-final opponent Pegula also called Mauresmo’s stance “not something you want to hear” and noted that the best way to generate interest in any sport is ” to have a chance” to show how good the product is.
“Of course, it’s always a little disappointing to hear that’s her reasoning, to be a female… Slam champion,” Pegula said.
“But hopefully we can change that.”
She also offered a defense of her sport, which is currently missing the star power of 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who hasn’t competed since suffering an injury at Wimbledon almost a year ago. year.
Former world No. 1 Ash Barty also retired earlier in the year, leaving a big hole at the top of the women’s game.
“For me, I feel like so many people like to watch women’s tennis because we don’t have huge serves. We’re not good. There’s not a lot of super, super fast points said Pegula.
“There are more gatherings. There is more drama.
This year’s French Open started on May 22 and will end on Sunday. The last of 10 nightly sessions was Wednesday’s men’s quarter-final between Casper Ruud and Holger Rune, and the only women’s match that was treated to primetime – under a deal with a streaming service – was the victory of the French Alizé Cornet over Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.
Asked about this decision-making process, Mauresmo said in French that having only one match in each night session made it “more difficult to have” a women’s match.
Night sessions at the US Open, for example, usually include a women’s match and a men’s match.
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